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Production Manager Case Study : Ed Wilson

A case study provided by Ed Wilson, a Production Manager listed on Mandy Theatre Professionals UK.

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Question 1: What is the most rewarding aspect of working as a Production Manager?
Helping the creative team realise their vision hopefully on budget and certainly on time!
Question 2: What are the key skills required to be an effective Production Manager?
Good understanding of the creative process, how to realise designs etc so they are fit for purpose..such as touring etc. Ability to manage budgets, logistics and to be able to team lead on stage etc.
Question 3: Do you see your role as a natural step on a career ladder, and if so what is the next rung?
The next rung might be a move towards General Management or Producing..
Question 4: How did you work your way into your current role?
I was initially a Master Carpenter..but had a decent academic background with degree in Drama.
Question 5: How much do you think networking helps towards landing a job in the industry?
Networking very important..but the old adage of only being as good as your last job etc is also true!!
Question 6: Do you think you will be working in the industry in the next five years, and if so in what capacity?
Question 7: Please describe what a typical day working as a Production Manager might contain?
Might be early travel to a meeting with Designer at Set Builders..followed by a further meeting say back at the theatre to go through possible cuts or budget issues..Followed by Revisting budget and meeting with all the heads of department to show them the model etc..Ringing round to get some item cheaper etc!!
Question 8: Have you done any additional training courses to further your career?
I did a New Producers course with TMA whilst I was Tech Director at TR Plymouth..and have recently done Fork Lift course/licence as it was needed on an outdoor project last year!
Question 9: How important is working for free at the beginning of your career?
Getting say a placement etc might be important was possible/easy to get a job say on a show in the West End 20yrs ago!!